Sheriff Randy Smith’s Highway Enforcement Unit potentially saved a young female juvenile from becoming a victim of human trafficking. Early Friday morning (January 6, 2017), a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputy was conducting proactive enforcement on I-12 near Mandeville and stopped a vehicle for traveling with their high beams (bright lights).
The deputy discovered that a female juvenile reported missing by the Houston Police Department on January 5, 2017. Also inside of the vehicle were three adult males, all discovered to be illegal aliens from Guatemala. All three of the illegal immigrants were taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents. The female juvenile was taken to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in Covington. Authorities from Houston Police Department were contacted and arrangements were made for the young female to get safely transported back home.
Sheriff Smith initiated the Highway Enforcement Unit less than two months ago. So far, the unit has been a success as several proactive arrests have been made, including seizing two kilos cocaine back in November of 2016.